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Jokowi to name former V-P Kalla as running mate?

Popular Indonesian presidential candidate likely to name No. 2 today

Published on Apr 16, 2014 12:57 PM
 
Mr Joko Widodo, the leading candidate in the Indonesian presidential race, is likely to name his running mate as early as today, now that a clearer picture is emerging after a flurry of deal- making through the week. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Mr Joko Widodo, the leading candidate in the Indonesian presidential race, is likely to name his running mate as early as today, now that a clearer picture is emerging after a flurry of deal- making through the week.

The word is that former vice- president Jusuf Kalla is the likely nominee, even as the horse-trading continues behind the scenes. The discussions revolve around Mr Joko, of the Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P), and the two other presidential candidates, Mr Aburizal Bakrie of Golkar, and Mr Prabowo Subianto of the Greater Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra).

By mid-May, the leading parties have to come up with the names of their candidate and running mate for the July 9 presidential election.

To do that, they have to have won at least 112 seats - 20 per cent of the 560-member Parliament - which no party is assured of yet. The announcement of final seat counts will be early next month.

One week after the April 9 general election, Mr Joko, 52, the popular Governor of Jakarta, and commonly known as Jokowi, is set to be the first to name his running mate, maybe today.

The PDI-P will form a coalition with the National Democratic Party of media mogul Surya Paloh to field the duo.

 
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